TINZ Submissions activity

TINZ encourages its readers to exercise their democratic responsibilities by making submissions and responding to government consultation processes, with your opinions on future direction-setting and legislation.

The following two centralised websites invite and facilitate public submissions on a variety of legislation, policies, levies, plans and projects currently being processed, together with updates about progress for recently closed submissions:

Not all government agencies utilise one or both of these facilities. Many government agencies conduct their own publicity when seeking submissions.

Submissions currently being sought

The following invitations to submissions known to and of relevance to TINZ, are currently open for public comment by their stated deadline. We encourage our readers to take the time to draft a submission, even if it is a short one. The submission process is an opportunity to exercise your democratic rights. 

Priority products and product stewardship scheme guidelines

  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday 4 October 2019 
  • Public submissions are invited by the Ministry for the Environment 
  • Proposed co-design approach to establish regulated product stewardship schemes for six priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA), to reduce the risk of harm from waste and increase economic and social benefits from a more circular use of resources.

Open Government Partnership, Independent Review Mechanism report 2019

  • Deadline: 5pm, Monday 14 October 2019 
  • Public submissions are invited by the international Open Government Partnership body.
  • This review addresses the development of New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (2018-2020) and the design of its commitments.  

Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill

  • Deadline: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 
  • Public submissions are invited by the Finance and Expenditure Committee 
  • New requirements for the Government to report annually on its wellbeing objectives in the Budget, and for the Treasury to report periodically on the state of wellbeing in New Zealand. 

Review of Parliament’s Standing Orders 2020

  • Deadline: Thursday, 31 October 2019
  • Public submissions are now being sought by the Standing Orders Committee 
  • During each term of Parliament, the House of Representatives looks at how it can work more effectively over the next three years.  The Standing Orders are the Rules of the House. 

‘LocalismNZ’: Reinvigorating local democracy

  • Deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019
  • Public submissions on a discussion paper are sought by Local Government NZ (LGNZ) 

Recent TINZ submissions

View earlier submissions prepared by TINZ, or search on the ‘Submissions’ category at the bottom of TINZ homepage www.transparency.org.nz . 

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